The older I get, the faster I get, dare I say the better I get the easier it is to cruise. Life is moving and I’ve got this. For me (and I’m guessing for you) that means it’s very difficult to slow down and be thankful. “I worked so hard. I’ve overcome so much. I deserve this. This feels right.”
But it’s not right. I may feel that way, but as I read those four sentences I know in my gut that the story doesn’t begin and end with me as the star, the hero, the champion. I don’t deserve this. How do I know? Because the way I figure it, about 98% of my social and economic status is based on the fact that I was born in middle class America. I know many stories that began in a different place on this planet. When I slow down and think about what I have and compare it to the basics of life that so many others lack, I realize I don’t deserve my comforts; I will be thankful that I have comforts, I will be thankful that I even woke up this morning. Here’s what I mean.
I’m watching a short series called Ed’s Story. Let me summarize. Ed has ALS, he has been given two years to live, but there’s a problem: that was over 14 years ago. One of Ed’s final conclusions is that he’s happy God woke him up today. Ed wasn’t supposed to keep waking up with ALS for this many mornings. But God hadn’t finished telling Ed’s story.
I really don’t deserve to wake up each morning. Sorry, but neither do you. I can say that to myself without sadness and to you without guilt because I believe we are breathing air today because God allowed us to breathe air today. Tomorrow? Well, He says not to worry about tomorrow. There’s enough stuff happening today. Ok, God. Well then thank you for waking me up today.
You can watch the inspiration for this blog post today and tomorrow right here!